WHO WE ARE

Habithonistim, Israel’s Defense and Security Forum, is a non-profit organization and a movement, which aims to educate, influence and shape the narrative about Israel’s strategic national security needs, in order to create a secure Israel for today and future generations. Founded in February 2020, the organization has experienced explosive growth since its inception, with a membership that consists of over 1,700 high-ranking Israeli reserve officers, commanders and operators from the IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet and Israeli Police, as well as some of Israel’s leading academics and researchers. Habithonistim offers an authoritative voice of reason which promotes a realistic vision of Israeli national security needs based on objective military principles that can meet any future risk to Israel. Our members are proud Israelis, who love the Jewish state and the Jewish people and are willing to do all that is required to defend and secure its future and to share our knowledge and conviction with policymakers, youth and the general public. 

HABITHONISTIM

WE ADVOCATE THE RIGHT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO EXIST IN SECURITY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL.

WE BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL'S SECURITY NEEDS ARE A TOP PRIORITY AND SHOULD NOT BE COMPROMISED.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE STATE OF ISRAEL DOES NOT HAVE THE LUXURY TO MAKE NATIONAL SECURITY MISTAKES OR LOSE A WAR. THE IDF MUST MAINTAIN COMPLETE FREEDOM OF ACTION IN ALL ARENAS TO FULFILL ITS MISSION OF PROTECTING ISRAEL’S CITIZENS.

 

WE DO NOT OPINE ON OTHER POLITICAL ISSUES AND/OR SUPPORT PARTICULAR POLITICIANS OR PARTIES BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THE DEBATE ON ISRAELI NATIONAL SECURITY

LEADERSHIP TEAM

CEO & Founder

Brigadier General (res.)

Amir Avivi

General (res.)
Gershon Hacohen

Executive board

General (res.) Yitzchak
(Jerry) Gershon

Executive board

Colonel (res)
Ronen Itzik

Executive board

Head of the Research Department

Brigadier General (res.)

Yossi Kupperwasser

Advisor

Lieutenant Colonel (res.)

Yaron Boskila

Erez Eshel

Executive board

Spokesman
Meir Layoush

International Public Relations

Avi Hyman

Researcher
Or Yissachar

Coordinator of Programs
Leora Levian

Coordinator of Policy and International Communities

Ariela Davis

 External Relations and Development

Nofar Salman

ADVISORY BOARD

Brigadier General (res.)

Nechemia Sokol

Brigadier General (res.)

Nati Cohen

General (res.)

Yosi Bachar

Professor Alex Bligh

Brigadier General (res.)

Avigdor Kahalani

Brigadier General (res.)

Harel Knafo

Major General (res.)

Shalom Katabi

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Brigadier General (res.)

Tzvika Foghel

Major (res) Basam Sleem

Review Board

Colonel (res.)

Tal Braun

Lieutenant Colonel (res)

Orly Levanon

Review Board

Police Brigadier Dubi Yung
Review Board

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